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The Hollywood Reporter released its third Berlin Film Festival daily issue, featuring a look at how the refugee crisis has seized focus of the fest, a chat with Jeff Nichols about making the Michael Shannon-starrer Midnight Special, and an exclusive photo of Tim Robbins and Jon Hamm in Marjorie Prime.
Refugee Crisis Grips the Berlinale
The refugee crisis now rocking Europe overshadowed the glitz and glamour of the fest, with George Clooney, as well as German celebs and politicians, debating the best way forward in dealing with the flood of migrants fleeing the Syrian civil war. Germany last year took in about 1 million refugees, more than any other European country, as part of a controversial open-door policy initiated by German chancellor Angela Merkel. Clooney, who said he “absolutely agrees” with Merkel’s migrant policy, and his wife Amal, a prominent human-rights lawyer, met Friday with the chancellor and David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee.
Jeff Nichols’ Ambitious Titles
Along with Midnight Special, which follows a father (Nichols’ consistent collaborator Michael Shannon) who tries ?to protect his young son who has special powers, Jeff Nichols also will release another film this year: Loving, which is based on the true story of an interracial couple who were imprisoned for getting married in 1958. Nichols spoke with THR about both titles, why Michael Shannon is his muse and what he thinks of the McConaissance since Mud.
THR unveiled a first-look image of Marjorie Prime, the sci-fi dramedy that introduces a service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones, and allows a man (Tim Robbins) to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father (Jon Hamm). Lois Smith and Geena Davis also star in the Michael Almereyda-directed film, which is based on Jordan Harrison’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play.
Desktop users can view the entire Day 3 issue below.
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